Jamie Redknapp claims that Tottenham missed Mousa Dembele against Manchester United

Tottenham manager \ head coach Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United...

Mousa Dembele was not part of the Tottenham Hotspur squad that suffered a narrow defeat against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on January 03, 2019 in Enfield, England.

Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele would have made a 'difference' for Spurs during their 1-0 defeat against Manchester United on Sunday afternoon at Wembley.

The Guardian claims that the 31-year-old is set to leave Tottenham this month in an £11 million move to Chinese Super League side Bejing Guoan. 

During Spurs' defeat against United, Redknapp, in conversation with commentator Martin Tyler, explained why Mauricio Pochettino's side were missing the reportedly departing player. 

 

‘He is on the verge of doing a deal to leave,” Tyler told Redknapp during Sky Sports' coverage of Spurs v Manchester United on 13/01/2019. 

“But he is fit to play?” Redknapp asked. “They do miss him. I know they are looking to offload him but he is still a good player. He’s powerful, he runs with the ball, he makes such a difference. You’d love him in this fixture now."

Over the course of the season, Dembele has played 13 games in all competitions, but he has not represented the London club since November.  

Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele and Manchester City's Kyle Walker during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 29,...

The Belgium international has played 243 games in England top-flight, with the majority of those appearances coming with his current club and the others for Fulham. 

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game when Kieran Trippier's misplaced pass found Paul Pogba, who played a pinpoint ball over the top for the speedy attacker to finish a delightful counter-attacking move. 

During the match, Pochettino opted to play Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko in the deeper midfield roles, with the latter being substituted with an injury in the first half. 

There is no doubt that the home team created the most chances of the game, but they were unable to get past goalkeeper David de Gea, who kept out 11 of the opponent's shots. 

David de Gea of Manchester United saves the free kick of Harry Kane of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on...

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